EC announced Election dates in 5 states – Ballot Battle begins

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Election Commission of India announced election dates in five states – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur from January 28 to March 3.

In four states - Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur, election will be held in single phase whereas in Uttar Pradesh election will be held from Feb. 4 to 28. The counting of votes will be held on March 4, told the Election Commissioner, S Y Quraishi to the media.

 

In Punjab (117 constituencies) and Uttarakhand (70 constituencies), election will be held on January 30. Different political parties are already working hard to attract the voters in their favour in both the states.


Election in Uttar Pradesh (403 constituencies) will be held in 7 phases – on Feb. 4, 8, 11, 15, 23 and 28. The main battle will be between BSP and SP but Congress and BJP may play an important role this time. Political parties are trying to attract Muslim votes by promising different schemes for them.


Election in Manipur (60 constituencies) and Goa (40 constituencies) will be held on Jan. 28 and March 3 respectively.


The code of conduct has been implemented in all the 5 states with immediate effect.


These elections will be a testing time for the UPA members in the ongoing controversies related to Lokpal bill. Anna Hazare’s anti corruption campaign may hurt Congress and its alliance members electoral negatively if they don’t bring a strong Lokpal bill soon. It will be a testing time for Anna’s team also.

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